- May 1, 2016
I agree I’m part re Cleary. I still thought he choked on the big stage again. And let’s be honest it’s not the first time when we think back to Origin. He still needs to prove himself in big games imo.Cleary played ordinary for the first 60 minutes really, but a player does not suddenly go from red hot to dog s**t overnight....more to do with the shut down time, as Storm controlled the tempo and were in his face and adding extra contacts also, to let him know it was going to be a long day at the office, which worked and personally don't mind seeing the playmakers getting bustled a bit, just the Storm sicken me a little is the negative part of it.
The way the nRL have made the game so fast and almost a hybrid of tackle and touch footy maybe exciting at times, but takes out a major part of the game I grew up with and loved from the 80's....bigger hits, copybook bootlace tackles and you could have a low scoring game that had you on the end of your seat...also there was more spontanious play rather than the structured set plays that are mostly pre-meditated, rather than playing eyes up footy....this in a sense, teaches our kids to play like robots rather than use their natural abilities which is sad and lacks the unexpected brilliance that lights up a stadium.
junior footy development is interesting. I have 10 and 7yr old boys who play. 7yr olds is still just one out runs and next to no passing other than from the bib players. My tenyr old plays first receiver (yellow bib) so essentially the 7. Positions form at this age. The general messaging to the 7 is catch and pass. We have a good coach who teaches my boy to play what he sees and focus initially on a broad game plan of forward runs for 3 and then send it wide when players are sucked in to the middle. Junior footy does look quite robotic tho.